Erinvale Golf Club
Host of the 1996 World Cup of Golf, this is an estate golf course of two distinctly different nines. The front nine is on the flat, winding between the many houses in this part of the golf estate, while the back nine climbs up the lower slopes of the magnificent Helderberg mountain.
Golfers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline from the top holes. Your biggest test of nerve as a golfer comes on the par-four 17th hole, a great finishing hole that swoops downhill. You play from an elevated tee, with tall pines flanking one side of the fairway, and an out-of-bounds fence on the other side. The golfing green is long and narrow.In 1988, a Pretoria based property company, Bester Brothers owned the property and intended to develop it into a high-density 1200 – stand suburb of Somerset West, the likes of which they had being developing for years in the Transvaal.
As the area was then zoned and bordered a nature reserve and two historical farms, this type of development was’t popular in local circles. One of the neighbours, David Gant, the owner of Lourensford Estate, decided that the only way to ensure an appropriate development was to buy the farm and develop the land himself. He invited Ian Player, South Africa’s best-known environmentalist at the time to view the area.
At Ian’s suggestion he contacted Gary Player, Ian’s brother, with the idea of developing a residential golf course. Despite not being a regular golfer, Gant no doubt knew about the success of the few other golf estates in South Africa at the time. Gary came, was suitably impressed, and soon after the decision was made to construct the first golf estate in the Cape Town area. On Saturday, 27 May 1995, two years and six months after the launch of the development, the clubhouse and the 18-hole Gary Player designed golf course was officially opened.
- Address Lourensford Rd, Ervinvale Ave
- City 7129 Erinvale, Cape Town
- State/Province Western Cape
- Country South Africa
- Allowed CC VISA, MasterCard, AmericanExpress
- Allowed Players 1-4 players
- Year Build 1913
- Holes 18
- Designer Gary Player
- Greens Poa Annua
- Dresscode Golf Attire
Caddies Available, Rental Clubs, Golf Cart Rental, Pull Cart Rental, Driving Range, Putting Green, Teaching Pro, Practice Bunker, Food Service, Bar Service
How to get to Erinvale Golf Club , Erinvale, Cape Town (South Africa)
40 minutes from Cape Town, on the outskirts of Somerset West, near the famous winelands of Stellenbosch
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